Charlize Theron Biography
Name - Charlize Theron
Date of Birth - August 7, 1975
Benoni, Gauteng, South Africa
Nickname - Charlie
Height - 5' 9½" (1.77 m)
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Charlize Theron grew up on a farm outside Benoni, South Africa, as the only child. She got an education as a ballet dancer and has danced both the Swan Lake and the Nutcracker Suite There wasn't much for a young actress or dancer to do in South Africa, so she soon traveled to Europe and United States of America, where she got job at the Joffrey Ballet in New York. She was also able to work as a photo model. However, an injured knee put a halt to her dancing career.
At the age of 18, her mother made her go to Los Angeles to try a career in the movie industry. She came to Los Angeles without knowing anyone in the city but after two weeks when she was standing in line on Hollywood Boulevard an agent gave her his card. After eight months in Los Angeles she got her first part. Since then, she has taken acting lessons and her career has skyrocketed, most lately in The Devil's Advocate (1997).
More Interesting Information for Charlize Theron
When she was 15 her father attacked her mother, and her mother shot him in self-defense. He died, but her mother was not charged in the incident.
First language is Afrikaans, English is spoken as her second language.
Appeared in the May 1999 issue of Playboy Magazine.
Became a fashion model at age 14.
Named one of "People" magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People. (2000).
Turned down the female lead in Pearl Harbor (2001) to star alongside Keanu Reeves in Sweet November (2001).
Auditioned for the female lead in Showgirls (1995).
Dated Stephan Jenkins, lead singer of the band Third Eye Blind, from January 1998 to July 2001.
Was ranked 4th of the 100 Sexiest Women by FHM Taiwan (2001).
Placed #1 on Beautiful People Internet Poll, narrowly beating Cameron Diaz in #2 and Kate Beckinsale in #3. The photo featured on the site was the famous 'Diving Board' photo.
Both her parents are Africans, born and raised in South Africa. However her father is of French descent and her mother of German descent.
Voted the 12th Sexiest Female Movie Star in the Australian Empire Magazine September 2002.
Measurements: 36B-24-36 (Source: Celebrity Sleuth magazine).
Used hypnotherapy as an aid to quit smoking.
Was named after her father, whose name was Charles.
She gained 30 pounds to play Aileen Wuornos in Monster (2003).
On the show, "Sunday Morning Shootout" (2003), it was revealed that her manager discovered her in a Hollywood bank after he witnessed her yelling at a bank teller for refusing to cash her check.
Won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance as Aileen Wuornos on what would have been Aileen's 48th birthday: 29 February 2004.
After winning her Oscar, she returned to great celebrations in her native South Africa, and she even met former South African President Nelson Mandela. When he praised her for putting their country on the map and gave her a hug, Theron broke into tears (she was guest of honor at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Johannesburg on March 11th 2004).
One of the first movies she ever went to see at the theater was _Splash (1984)_ . She confessed that after watching the movie, she felt jealous of Daryl Hannah and developed a crush on Tom Hanks. She even said to herself that she could have played the role of Madison better than Daryl Hannah.
She has been dating Irish actor Stuart Townsend since August 2001.
Has said her favorite actor is Tom Hanks.
In 2004, injured her neck while filming Æon Flux (2005). Luckily, the injury wasn't serious enough to put her in the hospital, but it did shut down production for several weeks.
As a teenager in her native South Africa, she learned English by watching American TV.
At the 2005 Golden Globes she was sporting a new dark hair color. She is a now a member of the celebrities who have dyed their hair from blonde to brown, or black. They include, among others: Mary-Kate Olsen; Nicky Hilton; Mandy Moore; Renée Zellweger; Christina Aguilera, Melinda Messenger and Ashlee Simpson.
She was the first person to sign on to be a presenter at the 77th Annual Academy Awards.
Second actress (the first was Kim Basinger) to win an Oscar after appearing naked in Playboy magazine.
Met fiancé Stuart Townsend on the set of Trapped (2002).
She is the second African to win an Academy Award. The South African-born cinematographer Ted Moore was the first. South African-born actor Basil Rathbone was the first African born actor to be nominated, followed by Cecil Kellaway.
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (September 29, 2005).
Named #15 on the Maxim magazine Hot 100 of 2005 list.
Was listed as a potential nominee on the 2006 Razzie Award nominating ballot. She was listed as a suggestion in the Worst Actress category for her performance in the film Æon Flux (2005). However, she failed to receive a nomination. (Had she gotten the nomination, she would have been the first person to be nominated for both Leading Actress awards at the Oscars, for North Country (2005), and the Razzies.)
Named #4 in FHM's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2005" special supplement (2005).
Studied acting with Ivana Chubbuck.
Named #15 in FHM magazine's "100 Sexiest Women in the World 2006" supplement. (2006).
Personal quotes from Charlize Theron
[On the revelation that Charlize's mother shot and killed Charlize's father while he was in a drunken rage. The shooting was ruled self-defense]: I was always Mama's girl, and I always felt like her protector.
Women have conquered the world. And with everything we go through, it's about time we had a female president. I don't think we're that far away, but it should have happened already. I wouldn't be surprised if Hillary Rodham Clinton runs - I really admire her.
I've always been very proud to be a South African and I've always been very honest to people about that. And whatever I can do in my power I promise you I will do. I don't think it's too much pressure. I think it's our duty as citizens of this country. You don't have to win an Oscar to do something good for your country. We all can do that. If I can be an encouragement for that I'll be glad to be that.
I'm 50-50 on glamour stuff. I'd rather put on a pair of jeans and get on my Harley and act like a guy.
I think of myself as a highly sexual creature. I have to use that. I have no choice. I like it. I didn't grow up with a mother telling me what was under my clothes was bad or evil.
[On the importance of the Toronto Film Festival for smaller films]: If people, critics respond to the film there [Toronto Film Festival], it starts a nice little wave of chat, which for a movie like North Country (2005) is really important. It's one of those films that travels by word of mouth.
[On marriage]: I'm happy for people who want to get married but it's not my thing. I'm extremely happy in my relationship and I would love to have kids.
[On accents]: At first I found it really hard using three different English accents: South African, faking the American, faking the accent required by the job. I decided to make it easier for myself and just do one. I haven't lost my culture, just my accent.
Charlize Theron Filmography
The Brazilian Job (2008) .... Stella Bridger
Tonight, He Comes (2008)
The Ice at the Bottom of the World (2008)
The Hurt Locker (2008)
Battle in Seattle (2007) .... Ella
In the Valley of Elah (2007) .... Det. Emily Sanders
Ferris Wheel (2007) .... Joleen
"Robot Chicken" .... Mother (1 episode, 2006)
- Book of Corrine (2006) TV Episode .... Mother
"Arrested Development" .... Rita (5 episodes, 2005)
- The Ocean Walker (2005) TV Episode .... Rita
- Mr. F (2005) TV Episode .... Rita
- Notapusy (2005) TV Episode .... Rita
- Forget Me Now (2005) TV Episode .... Rita
- For British Eyes Only (2005) TV Episode .... Rita
Æon Flux (2005) .... Æon Flux
Æon Flux (2005) (VG) (voice) .... Æon Flux
North Country (2005) .... Josey Aimes
Head in the Clouds (2004) .... Gilda Bessé
... aka Juegos de mujer (Spain)
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) .... Britt Ekland
Monster (2003) .... Aileen
The Italian Job (2003) .... Stella Bridger
... aka Braquage à l'italienne (France)
Waking Up in Reno (2002) .... Candy Kirkendall
Trapped (2002) .... Karen Jennings
... aka 24 Stunden Angst (Germany)
The Curse of the Jade Scorpion (2001) .... Laura Kensington
... aka Im Bann des Jade Skorpions (Germany)
15 Minutes (2001) .... Rose Hearn
... aka 15 Minuten Ruhm (Germany)
Sweet November (2001) .... Sara Deever
The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000) .... Adele Invergordon
Men of Honor (2000) .... Gwen Sunday
... aka Men of Honour (UK)
The Yards (2000) .... Erica Stoltz
Reindeer Games (2000) .... Ashley Mercer
... aka Deception (UK) (USA: working title)
The Cider House Rules (1999) .... Candy Kendall
The Astronaut's Wife (1999) .... Jillian Armacost
Mighty Joe Young (1998) .... Jill Young
... aka Mighty Joe (UK)
Celebrity (1998) .... Supermodel
The Devil's Advocate (1997) .... Mary Ann Lomax
... aka Devil's Advocate (USA: DVD box title)
... aka Im Auftrag des Teufels (Germany)
Trial and Error (1997) .... Billie Tyler
Hollywood Confidential (1997) (TV) .... Sally
That Thing You Do! (1996) .... Tina
2 Days in the Valley (1996) .... Helga Svelgen
Children of the Corn III (1995) (uncredited) .... Young Woman
... aka Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest